Reflecting on Kiawah’s Birds – WPC — Travels and Trifles

“Every bird at the marsh fills us with a little light.” Lynn Thomson Kiawah is well-known as a birder’s paradise. Because our birds spend much of their time in the marshes and lagoons, reflections can be found most any time of day. Over the years my lens has been drawn to many of these beautiful […]

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MORE BAD STUFF….

NPR reports In Hawaii’s Kauai island, the native forest birds are in peril. Once considered a paradise for the colorful songbirds, the island has lost more than half of those native species. What’s happening on Kauai could be an early warning for the other Hawaiian islands. Read full story at Warming Climate Is Quieting Kauai’s Colorful Forest […]

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BARN SWALLOW POPULATION DECLINES 65% FROM 2009 ESTIMATES

Barn Swallow populations have been and are continuing to decline due to the removal and deterioration of old rural man-made structures such as barns and sheds, and due to the application of agricultural pesticides that eliminate insects that are the swallow’s  diet.

This significant decline has been noted in Ontario, Canada, and elsewhere where barn swallow populations were once more plentiful.

There are designs on the internet for Barn Swallow bird houses that you can build that may help in a small way reduce this decline, at least from a nesting opportunity perspective.

In terms of the pesticide problem you need to deal with the farmers, governments and manufacturers to solve this one…

Barn Swallows are listed as ‘Threatened’ in Ontario!

What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means — Midwestern Plants

Originally posted on THE UP NORTH READER: To call it a mild winter would be putting it, well, mildly. As our current mid-winter warmup rolls on, those in the upper Midwest are either rejoicing at the unseasonable temperatures or are dreading the impact that it will have on the outdoor industries—namely skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.…

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EPA Gives Notice To Dozens Scientific Advisory Board Members  — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. Read full story at: EPA just gave notice to […]

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